Top 10 Hansi Kürsch Vocal Performances

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Hansi Kürsch is an incredibly talented metal singer, lyricist, bassist and songwriter from Germany.

Allegedly a vocal god with stellar vocal skills. His voice is phenomenal.

Hansi can sound extremely aggressive, harsh, demonic and raw. But he can also sound beautifully soft, angelic and soothing. Both versions of his voice leave me in awe and I can’t believe this is the same singer. The passion in his voice is unmatched.

Hansi creates a choir effect via his signature practice of overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex and overlapping harmonies. Pure genius.

Some unusual facts: his voice sounds more youthful in his 40s-50s than in his 20s-30s, he began singing in a higher register in his 40s.

The Top TenXW

1And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

14 minutes of epicness and awesomeness.
Not to mention that Hansi sang this live and it was mindblowing - not many singers go for such a tough material live. Actually not many singers can sing it even in the studio. - Metal_Treasure

2My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Goosebumps all the way. Hansi sang his head off. One of the greatest and most emotive vocal performances I've ever heard. It's breathtaking.
Every second of this song has something impressive - either a soft beautiful note, or a harsh note, scream, skillful transition, etc.
The way Hansi gradually leads you to the climax is perfect (0:35-0:50, 1:30-1:40, 3:10-3:25). - Metal_Treasure

3Thorn - Blind Guardian

Low notes, high notes, all they powerful and full of emotion and passion. Words can't describe this beauty, especially the beginnig and around 2:30. There's such a low and resonant note (C2) at the beginning that you literally feel vibrations coming from his voice on the word 'king'.
Pay attention that his natural voice is quite low (he's a baritone) but on some other songs Hansi hits notes in the tenor register that could give real tenors a run for their money. - Metal_Treasure

4Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian

This is so powerful that can be used for resurrection - 9 minutes of passion (2:20-2:50, 3:35-4:40, 6:20-7:10).
The section from 7:00-7:10 is sick: Hansi sounds like a soprano (female opera voice! ). And he sang it at 44!
Geez, how many notes and words sings this guy per song? Songs are long, fast, and complex! - Metal_Treasure

5Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards

Shivers up and down my spine. This sad ballad describes a car accident where a girl is killed.
As a great storyteller, Hansi changes the intonation of his voice together with the story he tells in this song - his voice sounds melancholy, angry, innocent, ghostly, angelic, demonic, funeral, you name it.
Hansi also nailed the scream before the guitar outro (4:05) - it's long and insane yet melodic because it's crafted. Is this the last scream of the dying body when the soul leaves it? - Metal_Treasure

6Age of False Innocence - Blind Guardian

The saddest thing is that the best Hansi note EVER is on this song - at 1:25 on the word "walls". But because this is the most underrated Blind Guardian song, nobody has heard this incredible note. And many other beautiful notes. - Metal_Treasure

Some really light but still quite intense singing here. His voice sounds very agile and youthful. A very underrated prog song - his vocals are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

7Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) - Blind Guardian

Both low and high notes are gorgeous, powerful, full and intense. You can hear a big share of his range in this song (here from C♯2 to A5). Pure eargasm. - Metal_Treasure

8Path of Glory - Demons & Wizards

His soft melancholy voice in the beginning of the song is hauntingly beautiful. The entire transition from the start to the powerful vocal explosion on "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" is exemplary as well as the whole song.
His full control over the voice is evident - like a skillful pilot he smoothly 'lands' his voice after a quick 'take off' (1:35, 4:15). - Metal_Treasure

9Bright Eyes - Blind Guardian

To start, check out the song sample. You just have to hear this performance because I can't describe it. - Metal_Treasure

10Nightfall - Blind Guardian

Hansi's greatness as a storyteller. Hands down. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11Lord of the Rings - Blind Guardian

Vocals of this ballad are Oh my god!
Find the live version from Tokyo on YouTube and don't bother about the studio versions. When I listen to this live version I forget it's live and only the applauses at the end remind me it was live. I'm pretty sure this is best live vocal performance I've ever heard. This is how a singer should sound live:
"Blind Guardian - The Lord Of The Rings [Live Tokyo Tales]" - Metal_Treasure

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13Majesty - Blind Guardian

Lets not forget about his aggressive, raw and harsh vocals - part of his versatility. This is my favorite speed metal song, which is thrashy aggressive and from 5:40-6:20 is really full of adrenaline. - Metal_Treasure

14Mirror Mirror - Blind Guardian
15Dream a Little Dream of Me - Blind Guardian

This song shows his stylistic versatility, i.e. ability to sing different styles and possibly genres outside metal. This is very important because stylistic versatility is one of the criteria to compare singers. When vocal experts compare singers, metal singers often lose out to worse non-metal singers just because metal singers don’t get points for stylistic versatility, if they did only metal.

This song is a metal cover of a hit recorded in 1931. So Hansi proves that he can also sing like a romantic singer of the 1930s, esp. the beginning of the song. He sounds amazing and I can't believe it's Hansi. But on the chorus he uses his metal vocal style. How he gets this smooth soft voice and then the powerful metal rasp? As I said earlier, he's a vocal, stylistic and tonal chameleon. - Metal_Treasure

16Grand Parade - Blind Guardian

The section from 6:20-7:40 says it all - as of 2015, Hansi still sounds amazing at 50! The song is a 10 min long epic from their new 2015 album. - Metal_Treasure

17A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian

This track is a great opportunity to hear Hansi's voice clearly because it's a unique acoustic ballad and instruments are not loud.
His voice so sorrowful, beautiful and powerful at the same time. - Metal_Treasure

18Into the Storm - Blind Guardian

Hansi sings it like there's no tomorrow. Very intense and powerful vocals.
A visitor wrote in another list that "This song is what intense wants to be when it grows up." (list - Best Blind Guardian Songs).
I would add that in this song the vocal is what intense vocal wants to be when it grows up. - Metal_Treasure

19Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill) - Blind Guardian

Hansi never cease to amaze me: 1:35-2:45 actually combines singing and voice acting, which makes him a fantastic storyteller:
"I'll dare you, come out you coward! Now it's me or you! "
"Slowly in fear the dark lord appears. Welcome to my lands, you shall be damned! "

I'm sure Hansi could have been a brilliant voice actor, too. I'm judging by many other aspects of his singing such as the wide variety of voice intonations in general. - Metal_Treasure

20Sacred Mind - Blind Guardian

Creepy, ghostly and psychotic vocals. The way he shouts "On Fire! " and the first 2 minutes in general are so crazy that this song became one of my favorites from the 2015 album. - Metal_Treasure

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